Students completing the criminal justice major are strongly urged to apply for an internship (CJ 428). The internship experience is unlike any usual college course. The primary "classroom" will be in the field at a professional agency. Unlike regular employment, however, students will be expected to consciously assess their experiences, receiving and providing frequent feedback and analysis of their internships.

Internships can help prepare students for future career and educational choices. Field experience offers students the opportunity to translate classroom theory, knowledge, and skills into contemporary criminal justice settings. Students will develop new understandings, ideas, contacts, and specialized skills in the field of criminal justice. Internships may also allow students to bring new perspectives into their remaining classes at Mount Mercy.

Only junior and senior students in good standing may be considered for internship placement. Enrollment in an internship must be approved by the Criminal Justice program.

Application Process:
Students interested in enrolling in a criminal justice internship must complete a brief application form. The application requests information about the type of internship the student is interested in, the semester the internship will be completed, and other background information. 

Past interns have worked in:

- Local police & sheriff's offices
- Iowa Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Enforcement
- U.S. Marshal office
- Anamosa Men's State Prison
- Iowa Medical & Classification Center at Oakdale
- 6th Judicial District Department of Corrections, residential, probation/parole
- Linn County Juvenile Detention Center
- State Public Defender's Office, criminal investigator, attorneys